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Eagerly awaited XC40 is first Volvo Cars model on

Ford shutdowns and a much awaited new Volvo - the week

22 Sep 17 | Graeme Roberts

It's not unusual for things to go a bit quiet the week after the week of a major motor show's press days - Frankfurt's were the 12th and 13th and the public days continue. You knew that. Cue Geely's Volvo Cars, one of several notable absentees from the Messe, announcing its much-awaited XC40 SUV, first Volvo product on the new CMA architecture which will be shared with the new Lynk and Co brand and the Chinese parent's Geely, with little risk (that a showtime launch runs) of getting lost amongst all the buzz emanating from Germany last week. Not the first time the Swedes' PR has been a little bit clever, enjoying, as we used to say in the print days, "a lot of ink".


Han Hendriks

Yanfeng CTO on redefining vehicle interiors

21 Sep 17 | Matthew Beecham

Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for YFAI at the IAA to learn more about its showcase.


RX-Vision was a concept at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. What will the 2017 show bring?

ANALYSIS - Mazda vehicle architectures and future models

20 Sep 17 | Glenn Brooks

Having invested heavily in a lightweight architecture, a family of highly efficient engines and an ever expanding range of SUVs, Mazda is thriving. The company's size and its lack of expertise in the area of electrification are potential weaknesses but an alliance with Toyota appears to be a sensible move to address those concerns.


Swamy Kotagiri

Magna CTO on autonomous drive platform technologies, new materials and processes

20 Sep 17 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer of Magna International at the IAA to learn more about its deep system knowledge across the car.


Gert-Jan Vogelaar, Strategic Marketing Director, Punch Powertrain

Punch Powertrain on a rapid growth track

19 Sep 17 | Calum MacRae

Punch Powertrain is a transmission supplier that’s creeping up on the rails of the more established suppliers such as Aisin, JATCO and ZF and is providing them with stiff competition. Since 2013 it’s achieved average annual growth of around 50% and has plans to take its capacity from 1.2 million units at the end of this year to over 3 million units by 2020. It’s headquartered at Sint-Truiden in Belgium and is a major supplier of CVTs to Chinese domestic OEMs from its manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. 


Richard Chung

Adient VP on interior solutions for future vehicle concepts

19 Sep 17 | Matthew Beecham

New forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility were hot topics at this year’s IAA show in Frankfurt. Adient, the world’s largest supplier of car seating, used the event to showcase its solutions for tomorrow’s interiors. To find out more, we spoke to Richard Chung, Vice President, Innovation and Design, Advanced Product Development, Adient.


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All Brazil measures and forecasts on the rise

22 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian auto industry's results at the end of August for the three main indicators - domestic sales, production, and exports - point to a recovery with no expectation of a reversal.


Tokyo show debuts: Suzuki world premieres

22 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mitsubishi Motors was the first manufacturer to announce a world premiere for the Tokyo motor show. Now, Suzuki has revealed details of its global debuts.


Malaysia sales slightly lower in August

22 Sep 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market drifted lower in August, by just over 1% to 51,720 units from 52,312 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Toyota Indiana plant builds 5m vehicles in 20 years

22 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

When long-time Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) Princeton workers Sandra and Andres Chaparro saw the first vehicle roll off the line in 1998, they felt a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing they'd had a hand building it. Little did they know then they were to help build 4,999,999 more vehicles over the next 20 years.


Turin takes first BYD electric buses

22 Sep 2017 | Simon Warburton

Turin has taken delivery of the first zero emission pure electric BYD ebuses which are to go into service in Italy.


ABB secures EnBW Germany charging station order

22 Sep 2017 | Simon Warburton

ABB has received a further major order from energy supplier, EnBW for the expansion of the charging column network on German motorways.

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